Francis is co-head of the financial services department at Allen & Gledhill and co-head of the firm’s financial regulatory and compliance practice. He specialises in regulatory issues; in particular, in financial services and commodities regulations.
He regularly advises banks, securities, futures and derivatives dealers, exchanges and clearing houses, insurers, fund managers, fintech firms and payment services providers. His expertise also includes the structuring and documentation of derivatives transactions.
Francis is recognised as a ‘Star Individual’ in Chambers Asia-Pacific and ranked Band 1 in Chambers Global for ‘Banking & Finance: Regulatory’. Chambers Asia-Pacific quotes an interviewee as saying: ‘He has the greatest reputation as a lawyer that I have ever seen; if you need advice, you start with Francis and then, if you have to, you look at other options.’ Another client insists: ‘He is the first reliable port of call whether it’s new or existing regulations. He is in a tier of his own, first among his peers, and his knowledge is always helpful.’
He is listed as a ‘Leading Individual’ in The Legal 500: Asia Pacific for ‘Financial Services Regulatory’ and for ‘Capital Markets: Structured Finance, Derivatives and Securitisation’. He is also listed as a ‘Global Elite Thought Leader’ in Who’s Who Legal: Banking 2020.